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Tom Luna, Idaho state superintendent of schools, answers questions Tuesday after a debate over Luna's school reform laws, which are the topic of three election referenda (Betsy Russell)
Tom Luna, Idaho state superintendent of schools, answers questions Tuesday after a debate over Luna's school reform laws, which are the topic of three election referenda (Betsy Russell)

State schools Supt. Tom Luna made a comment shortly before the end of today's City Club of Boise forum on school reform, saying, "Any carpenter can build a barn, any jackass can kick it down." Asked what he meant by that, Luna said afterward he was repeating a quote that he thought he'd heard attributed to Ronald Reagan; a similar comment is often attributed to Texas Congressman Sam Rayburn. "It's not original to me," Luna said. "We've waited for almost two years for the opposition that originally called themselves 'reasonable reform' to bring forth reasonable reform, and they've brought nothing. All they've done is attack, attack, attack."

Luna said he had expected that by now, "Idahoans would be having a debate" between his reform plan and an alternative one from opponents.

Rep. Brian Cronin, asked about Luna's comment, said, "The superintendent is building a rickety barn that is about to fall over anyway. We just need to give it a little nudge. It wasn't a barn that was worth building anyway."




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